United States Senate candidate Bradley Byrne visited Jackson County on Tuesday to learn more about the area.

Byrne is currently serving his fourth term in the US House of Representatives, representing Alabama’s first congressional district. As a member of the House Committee on Armed Services, Byrne has been an outspoken supporter of a strong national defense and worked to support Alabama's significant defense footprint.

Byrne has used his position on the Committee to build support for a stronger U.S. Navy and for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), which is built in part at Mobile’s Austal USA shipyard. He has also stood up for Alabama's veterans and fought for improved quality of care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Byrne played a critical role in the construction of a new VA outpatient clinic for veterans in Southwest Alabama. 

As a former member of the Alabama State Board of Education and former Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, Byrne saw the House Committee on Education and Labor as a natural fit.

Through the Committee, Byrne has focused on returning more control over education policy to the state and local level. In addition to pushing right-to-work policies, Byrne has made workforce training and technical education one of his top priorities.

Byrne said he was “pretty dissatisfied” with the results of the 2017 Senate election. He said we made a mistake by electing Senator Doug Jones. Byrne said Jones’s positions on the issues do not match up with the positions of the average Alabamian.

“He’s pro-abortion, pro-gun control, anti-The Wall, voted against Justice Kavanaugh and when you’re a US Senator, you have to match up with the people you represent,” said Byrne.

He wanted to make sure there was a strong Republican candidate to run against Jones in the general election next year.

Byrne was in the area to talk to local business people, civic leaders and political leaders to learn more about what he can do to support efforts in this area if he is elected.

He said the feedback from local citizens has been very positive, and the people were good about informing him on things important to the area.

Byrne believes the goal of a US Senator is to be a supporter to local leaders. He also wants to continue to work on the needs of rural Alabama.

Byrne said he will be back in north Alabama in the future.

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